March 15, 2011

Pea and avocado soup with watercress and snow pea sprouts

 

On the weekend I picked up a huge selection of fresh vegetables and started experimenting with different combinations. It is so uplifting to see all the fresh produce, to touch it, to smell it and to taste it. The beautiful colours of these natural ingredients are the best inspiration one could hope for. I had an endless list of ideas of what I could be making - juices, soups, salads...but I wanted something green.


Green is a colour of growth, renewal, nature and freshness. It makes me feel hopeful and inspired. Even looking at a bowl of beautiful green soup or salad makes me happy. This soup is smooth and mellow. The avocado gives it perfect creaminess and the lemon adds a bit of tang to balance the flavours. 

Pea and avocado soup with watercress and snow pea sprouts
(serves 2)

300g frozen peas
500ml organic vegetable stock
50g watercress
20g snow pea sprouts
1 tsp dried marjoram
freshly ground black pepper
1/2 big avocado
1/4 lemon, juiced
extra-virgin lemon olive oil, to serve

Place the peas in a saucepan and cover with vegetable stock. Add the marjoram and freshly ground black pepper. Bring to boil and add watercress and snow pea sprouts. Simmer for a few minutes or until the peas are tender. Place the soup in a blender or a food processor with the avocado and blitz until smooth. Season with lemon juice and add vegetable stock or water if needed. Drizzle with a bit of lemon olive oil to serve.

47 comments:

  1. I would devour this soup! The photos are superb and the recipe sounds delightful.

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  2. It so wonderful this time of year, when all the lovely produce starts to come alive!

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  3. the soup looks really refreshing... i bet it tastes that way, too! :) mm!

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  4. I'm not a big fan of avocado on it's own, but with green peas, I think it's a totally different story! And the green is so enticing too ;)

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  5. YUM..what gorgeous color,love such soups which are heart warming, refreshing and figure friendly !

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  6. Ihana keitto! Vihreä on todellakin energisoiva väri,juuri tuossa muodossa:)

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  7. oh my... making this soon - looks so delicious!

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  8. Wow..wow! Health and taste packed in that bowl of soup..awesome, Maria.

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  9. Beautiful! That healthy combination is lovely.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  10. A healthy and delicious treat! I love the pea sprouts a lot.

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  11. I knew when I read the title of this post I was in for a lovely green treat, and I was totally right! I'm loving snow pea sprouts at the moment, am adding them to everything.

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  12. Love your soup, looks fresh and very green

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  13. Fiddlesticks, I just gave my last avocado to my parents because it was super ripe and I couldn't think of what to do with it! If only I'd known you'd post an amazing recipe today! :P

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  14. Looks good! Seems like green soups are all the rage with us at the moment. ;)

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  15. Ohhhh, your soup looks so delicious and spring-y! Perfect for this time of year...I can't wait to make this--have all the ingredients! Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe!

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  16. Beautiful! I have recently found your blog and love it entirely-the pictures are gorgeous and recipes sound amazing. I think our cooking style is similar as well, focused on nutritious ingredients. Cheers!

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  17. This green color is outstanding! I am sure the soup tasted as great!

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  18. More of your gorgeous photographs - the light in your pictures is always perfect. I wish I was coming home to a bowl of that soup right now. Thank you for sharing.

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  19. Green is my favorite colour, so I am kind of gravitated to that beautiful soup of yours. It seems to scream of springtime and beautiful weather no?
    You are the most amazing photographer daaahling.
    *kisses* HH
    p.s. Hope you've entered my contest daaaaahling, there is a shiny Amazon gift card to be won with your name on it :D

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  20. Just gorgeous! I really love the combination of pea and avocado with the watercress. (And pea shoots!)

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  21. I love spring, the produce- and peoples moods- just come alive!

    xoxo
    bianca

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  22. I love this, the green is even refreshing to look at.

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  23. LOVE spring! How beautiful!

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  24. tosi ihanan näköistä keittoa. Ja juuri noin kokeillen tuoreista syntyykin parhautta.

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  25. What a pretty pea soup! I love anything with avocado and would be all over this. And yes, just looking at it makes me happy too!

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  26. I've got some leftover pea puree in the fridge from the weekend, could pretty much pass it off as soup ;) Sounds like an interesting combo.

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  27. That looks so healthy and delicious! I love soups like that, cause you have a bowl for entree and you are getting a good dose of veggies!

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  28. this is just stunning! thank you for sharing this.

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  29. So healthy!! And the photos are so fresh and spring like. Perfecto.
    Cupcake
    xo

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  30. Not a big fan of avocado but I think your soup just changed me.

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  31. Everything about this recipe sounds delicious and healthy... except watercress EEWWWWW i dont know why but i just can't stand it!!

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  32. What gorgeous spring color. Your soup is beautiful. I love all the ingredients you've used here and know that I would love this. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  33. oh I love how fresh this looks!

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  34. i love the vibrant green! do you think up all these recipes urself?

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  35. Fantastic - this looks like a sensational spring dish, perfect for using fresh produce and for dishing up when the weather gets a bit warm :)

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  36. The colour is beautiful and so soothing! Never had avocado in soups before...how original!

    Yeah, I really hope the devastating situation in Japan start making a turn for the better...guess all we can do over here is pray for them and provide financial support!

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  37. I love the bright green color and the warmth I get from just hearing about the ingredients! Refreshing and pure! I love it!

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  38. I tried this soup with some little changes. And I LOVED it! :) Very suitable for early spring here in Estonia and oh, btw, it was so nice to discover your blog and to learn that you are from my neighbor country! I like your style and your photos very much.

    I'd be very happy if you visited my blog and took a look at your soup there! :)

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  39. I can't wait until our Farmer's markets get to be this green! This soup looks so fresh flavored and delicious!

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  40. yum! I cant wait to try this. Its still early here in NYC for spring produce but once it starts hitting the farmers market I will be making tons of green lovely veggie soups! Yum love peas, watercress and avocados.

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  41. Perfect for spring! Yum, can't wait to try this in the next few weeks for brunch with friends.

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  42. A divine & healthy good for you soup this surely is!

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  43. Yum yum yum.
    I just tried it, here in Japan.
    Loved it.
    Thank you.

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  44. And so cheap, too.
    I got the snow peas from a friend's garden.
    The watercress for 60 yen for two packs.
    The avocados for 180 yen.
    Totally yum.

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